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Application Process

Application Process

  • Applicants must meet the following general eligibility criteria:

    Ages 16-18 as of the start of the cycle. Youth may turn 19 while at MYCA, as long as they are 18 on day one.

    U.S. citizen or legally present and a Michigan resident. Not a state of Michigan resident? Visit https://ngchallenge.org/find-a-program/ to locate your academy or one that may accept out of state residents. 

    Not currently on reporting probation. Youth on reporting probation must request and be granted non-reporting status from their probation officer for the duration of the residential portion of the program. Youth on consent calendar must complete requirements prior to application consideration. Pending charges must be resolved in some manner before application will be considered. Young adults may begin the application process; however, they will not be considered for admission until legal issues are resolved. Young adult cannot have any felonies.

    Willing to attend and committed to improvement. Youth must be physically and mentally capable to fully participate in the program with reasonable accommodation for physical and other disabilities. MYCA is not a psychiatric or therapeutic program and is not appropriate for applicants who have received mental illness diagnoses where they may present a danger to themselves or others; when their situation is incompatible with a high stress, high tempo schedule; or if they require ongoing treatment that would hinder full program participation.

  • Orientation is a mandatory step in the application process for the youth and at least one parent or guardian and are offered both virtual and in-person. You will be provided orientation options by your recruiter or you can self-register for one of our upcoming sessions by going to our Events Page and finding the session that works best for you. 

  • Following orientation attendance, you will be provided an application packet. All forms and supporting documents must be submitted in full to move on to the interview.

  • The interview is scheduled after all application materials are received. The interview may be conducted with the applicant in-person or virtually. Parents/Guardians are required to provide youth with full privacy for the interview. 

  • Upon receipt of all application materials and completion of the interview, applicant’s file goes to the Selection Board for a decision. If accepted, youth will be provided a conditional acceptance letter. All acceptances are CONDITIONAL. Should a youth no longer meet the qualifications to attend, their acceptance letter will be VOID. This may include change in legal status, medical changes, injuries, etc.

    Packing list and reporting instructions will be forthcoming via email.